Daily Telegraph Saturday 2nd March. Green belt at risk as gipsy camp rules are enforced.
If this story is a distortion, is the Telegraph becoming a broadsheet tabloid rag?
Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis said:
“This story is completely false. This Government has increased planning protection for the Green Belt and open countryside through National planning guidance and given greater weight to the protection of local amenities and the local environment.
We’ve also increased councils’ powers to tackle unauthorised sites and provided additional funding to councils to provide new authorised pitches which have community support.”
As always, only time will tell, but by then of course, it will be too late.
The only way to tackle unauthorised sites is to provide, and allow planning permission on private land for, sites.